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NetBackup 4.5 for Exchange Best Practices

NetBackup 4.5 for Exchange Best Practices

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WHITE PAPER
VERITAS NetBackup™ 4.5
for Exchange
Best Practices
 
Complete Online Exchange Server Data Protection
VERITAS Software Corporation
March 2003
 
 
Copyright © 2003 VERITAS Software Corporation. All rights reserved. VERITAS, VERITAS Software, the VERITAS logo, and all other VERITAS product names and slogans aretrademarks or registered trademarks of VERITAS Software Corporation in the US and/or other countries. Other product names and/or slogans mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Specifications and product offerings subject to change without notice. June 2002.Specifications and product offerings subject tochange without notice. June 2002.2
Table of Contents
Executive Summary...................................................................................................................................................3
 
What’s New in NetBackup 4.5 (FP3):...................................................................................................................4
 
NetBackup for Exchange 2000 Highlights............................................................................................................4
 
Why protect Microsoft Exchange Server?..................................................................................................................5
 
Why Do you Need VERITAS Netbackup for Exchange Server?..........................................................................5 
 
Best Practices for Protecting Microsoft Exchange 2000............................................................................................6
 
Introduction............................................................................................................................................................6 
 
 Application Protection—protecting Exchange files and settings...........................................................................7 
 
Best Practices for Exchange Deployment...........................................................................................................7
 
Database Protection for Exchange databases and logs.......................................................................................8 
 
What Exchange backup method should be used, and when?..........................................................................10
 
Best Practices for Exchange Database Recovery.............................................................................................10
 
Mailbox-Level Backups.......................................................................................................................................11
 
Optimizing Mailbox-level Backups.....................................................................................................................11
 
Mailbox-level Backups with VERITAS NetBackup............................................................................................12
 
Other Exchange-related Solutions from VERITAS...................................................................................................14
 
Summary..................................................................................................................................................................15
 
 
 
Copyright © 2003 VERITAS Software Corporation. All rights reserved. VERITAS, VERITAS Software, the VERITAS logo, and all other VERITAS product names and slogans aretrademarks or registered trademarks of VERITAS Software Corporation in the US and/or other countries. Other product names and/or slogans mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Specifications and product offerings subject to change without notice. June 2002.Specifications and product offerings subject tochange without notice. June 2002.3
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The steady march of new, innovative storage software capabilities continues to revolutionize information in manyways: from availability to recoverability to manageability. As storage capacities continue to explode, so do thedemands for advanced, tightly integrated storage management solutions. Along with having a growing amount of data and information, customers are demanding total storage management solutions that have a high level of functionality and performance. Ideally if these requirements can be achieved without impacting the availability or performance of production applications. Nowhere are these demanding requirements more visible than whensupporting Microsoft Exchange environments that allow customers to fully exploit the full potential of Microsoftand VERITAS products for highly available and recoverable Exchange Server configurations.Every new release of Microsoft Exchange Server offers new and innovative messaging options: from electronicmail, voice mail, video conferencing, and instant messaging. However, as customers plan for new ways to exploitthese new Exchange Server features, the need to examine their underlying technology infrastructure becomeseven more challenging and complex.The critical issues affecting Exchange Server deployments today are availability and recoverability. With ever-greater reliance on any form of electronic communications, anything that could cause an Exchange Server outagequickly becomes a potential business disaster. The harsh realities of today’s global business require thatExchange Server environments be designed and implemented using the latest storage management features toensure the highest levels of availability and recoverability.The critical business information residing within production Exchange Server databases requires periodic backupto protect against data loss or corruption. More frequent backups permit faster recovery time. However, morefrequent backups may impose a significant impact on the performance and availability of Exchange databases.Because of the tremendous availability and accessibility requirements imposed by today's electronic commerce,databases, such as Exchange Server, cannot tolerate any downtime caused by traditional backup methods.Too few backups result in a too long and often cumbersome recovery process; too few backups may degradeoverall system availability and performance. This raises a difficult question affecting many enterprises today:
How can customers protect business critical Exchange Server databases without imposing any performanceor availability limitations on their production computing systems? 
Fortunately, improvements in storage management software can allow customers to design, implement andmanage even the most complex and data-intensive environments, often without acquiring new storage hardware.There are many compelling reasons why customers need to implement improved storage management solutionsin support of Microsoft Exchange Server, with business continuity, or the ability to keep critical businesscomputing assets available and recoverable, are the two most important.This white paper addresses several aspects of an Exchange Server data protection plan, focuses on howVERITAS NetBackup™
for Microsoft Exchange
meets the needs of this plan, and introduces several critical bestpractices for comprehensive protection of Exchange databases and services.

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